Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Library Welcomes Richard E. Greenleaf Fellows for 2011-2012

August 29th, 2011

from Hortensia Calvo, The Doris Stone Latin American Librarian

It is my pleasure to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellows at the Latin American Library for 2011-2012. Below is a brief introduction of each of these scholars, the dates they will be at the Latin American Library, and a synopsis of the projects they will be developing. As always, the LAL will host an informal work-in-progress talk for each one during the course of their stay, dates to be announced. I will announce each one again as they are about to arrive. I also want to take the opportunity to thank Christopher Dunn and Jim Boyden for serving with me on our selection committee this year, and to Verónica Sánchez for her hard work behind the scenes each year on the logistics of their visits.

The Richard E. Greenleaf Fellows at The Latin American Library for 2011-2012 are, in order of arrival:

Beatriz Colombi
Dates of Fellowship: January 2-February 28
Beatriz Colombi (PhD. Literature-University of Buenos Aires) teaches literature at the Institute of Hispanic Literature and Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published widely on Spanish American colonial studies, New World chronicles, Baroque culture, Modernism, fiction and essay of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, travel literature, exile, migrations and intellectual history. Among her more recent publications are: Viaje intelectual. Migraciones y desplazamientos en América Latina (1880-1915) (Beatriz Viterbo 2004); and two edited volumes: Cosmópolis. Del flâneur al globe-trotter (Eterna Cadencia Editora 2010), and José Martí. Escritos sobre América, discursos y crónicas norteamericana (Capital Intelectual 2010). She has been a visiting scholar at Brown University (USA), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She is currently working on Baroque culture in New Spain and transformations in the sphere of the imaginary.

Project: “Myths, Emblems and the Emergence of ‘criollo’ Culture of New Spain”
The project explores the impact of emblematic and mythological literature on the culture of New Spain (Mexico) during the seventeenth century. The main objective is to analyze the impact of these sources in shaping colonial literary culture. The project proposes that criollo intellectuals, such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Carlos de Siguenza y Góngora, made unorthodox use of classical myths and symbols, and created a symbolic world as an alternative to the metropolitan models. The project will focus on the relationship between discursive and iconic representation in Vicerregal Mexico.

Gabriel Ramón Joffré
Dates of Fellowship: January 4-February 28
Gabriel Ramón holds a Licenciatura in Archaeology and History from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos y Pontificia Universidad Católica in Lima, a Masters in Urban History from Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil and a doctorate in Archaeology from the University of East Anglia, England. His research is devoted to establishing a dialogue between both disciplines. He is the author of several essays on the topic, including La Muralla y los Callejones (SIDEA/Prom 1999), “The Script of Urban History: Lima 1850-1940” (in Planning Latin America’s Capital Cities, Routledge 2001), and “Ilustrar la urbe: planos borbónicos de Lima” Yllapa 7, 2010. His most recent essay,“El Inca indica Huatica” is forthcoming in Mundos Interiores: Lima 1900-2010. He is currently Coordinator of the project Colonial archaeology at Instituto Riva Aguero, Catholic University of Perú, and Lecturer in Archaeology in the Social Sciences Department at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima.

Project: “The Neo-Peruvian: The Politics of Pre-Colonial Symbols in the Urban Landscape (Lima 1900-1940)”
My project at the Latin American Library focuses on the artistic style known as Neo-Peruvianism from an interdisciplinary perspective. This style sought to represent national Peruvian roots using a variety of pre-Columbian motifs. During his second administration (1919-1930) President Augusto Leguía promoted this Neo Peruvian style in everything from architecture to opera. At the same time, his government, in colaboration with North American corporations, modified the city of Lima with a series of coordinated urban interventions. A smilar process ocurred in other countries of Latin America. During the inter-war years, along with the homogeneization of capital cities from Santiago to Mexico City, there were various attempts to develop national styles.
I propose to show how the production of the Neo Peruvian style stemmed from a political use of pre-colonial legacies in the Andean region by focusing on three specific events. First, I examine the controversy over the facade of the National Museum and its relationship to the debate surrounding Tiahuanaco, an emblematic place in the border with Bolivia. I then focus on the peripatetic instalation of the first monument to Inca culture in Lima, donated by the Japanese community. Finally, I examine the relationship between the state and archaeological sites and huacas or native monuments. Following the urban expansion promoted by Leguía, many of these huacas wound up residing within the limits of the city. I contend that these monuments are emblematic of the problematic relationship between the government and pre-colonial legacies.

Ana Margarita Mateo Palmer
Dates of Fellowship: March 1-April 30
A fiction writer and literary critic, Ana Margarita Mateo Palmer teaches Latin American and Caribbean Literatures as a Senior Professor in the Department of Cuban Studies at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Her work has centered on Caribbean literatures and has greatly contributed to the establishment of a comparative Caribbean perspective transcending the linguistic boundaries that have marked approaches to the region.
Among her publications are: Del bardo que te canta (Editorial Letras Cubanas 1988); Narrativa caribeña: reflexiones y pronósticos (Pueblo y Educación 1990); Ella escribía poscrítica (Casa Editora Abril 1995), which obtained the Award Razón de Ser and the National Literary Critic Award; Paradiso: la aventura mítica (Instituto Cubano del Libro/Letras Cubanas 2002), which obtained the Alejo Carpentier Award and the National Literary Critic Award; El Caribe en su discurso literario (Siglo Veintiuno 2004), which obtained the Award Quintana Roo for Essay on Caribbean Thoughts, and the National Literary Critic Award El viaje mítico: el Palacio del pavorreal (Ediciones Unio?n 2007), which obtained the Essay Award “Enrique José Varona” granted by the Union of Writers and Artisits of Cuba and the National Literary Critic Award; and Desde los blancos manicomios (Letras Cubanas 2008) which obtained the Award Alejo Carpentier for her novel and the National Literary Critic Award.

Project: “Myth and Novel in the Contemporary Hispanophone Caribbean.”
I am working on a book on the role of myth in contemporary Caribbean narrative, specifically in the Spanish-Speaking areas of the region. One of the most notable characteristics of the Caribbean novel in the twentieth century is the strong presence of a mythological substratum integrated within the literary universe of these texts. Drawing from a vast and heterogenous repertoire of mythological traditions in a region characterized by intense and complex processes of transculturation, Caribbean writers have creatively embraced this mythical dimension which plays an important role in their writing. I propose to discover the principal tendencies in the appropriation of myth in the contemporary fiction of the region and identify its relationship to cultural identity. My project will center on the analysis of intertextual relationships with established myths, traditional as well as contemporary, within the literature of the region.

About Richard E. Greenleaf

Until his retirement in 1998, Richard E. Greenleaf served as the France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History, and as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He also served as Chair of the Department of History. Dr. Greenleaf grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and took his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico, where he studied under the dean of Inquisition scholars, France V. Scholes. Greenleaf’s doctoral dissertation, “Zumárraga and the Mexican Inquisition 1536-1543,” served as the basis for his many excellent publications on the history of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Latin America.

Greenleaf has authored eleven major scholarly books, co-authored or contributed to seventeen others, and published almost four dozen articles in the field of Latin American and New Mexico history. He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, among them the Silver Medal, the Sahagún Prize (Mexican National History Award), and the Serra Award of the Academy of American Franciscan History for Distinguished Scholarship in Colonial Latin American History. In his long and distinguished teaching career in New Mexico, Mexico City and New Orleans, Greenleaf has served as mentor to 34 doctoral students at Tulane, and countless masters and undergraduate students.

Cuba + People
Ana M. López
Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office of Academic Affairs